The North American Allied Fight Series is set to host “Caged Fury 16” at 7 pm on Saturday, January 28 at the Morgantown Event Center.
This mixed martial arts event, which is hosted by Simons Productions, will serve as one of the first sanctioned MMA events in West Virginia history and will feature the state’s first ever women’s matchup.
“We’re really excited about being able to hold mixed martial arts events in W. Va now,” said Stephen Simons, owner of Simons Productions.
“We have a great card and I’m expecting it to be a great night of fights.”
“He [McCorkle] is looking to get back into the UFC with another win, so he’s very motivated right now,” Simons said.
McCorkle, who went 1-2 during his stint with the UFC, is presently riding a three fight win-streak in which he defeated each opponent by submission in under two minutes.
Standing across the cage from McCorkle on Saturday night will be undefeated heavyweight Mike Gordon. At 6-1, 295 pounds, Gordon is a huge, powerful fighter and he is coming off a 15 second technical knock-out victory in his last outing.
The other heavyweight matchup on Saturday’s card features W. Va native Bamm Bryant in his professional MMA debut against Ohio’s Rick “Have a Nice” Day.
“I’ve known Bamm for the past two, three years,” said Simons. “He’s a local guy and he’s excited to be fighting in front of his hometown fans, so he’ll be bringing it for sure.”
Along with Bryant’s professional debut, “Caged Fury 16” will be the scene of mixed martial arts history in the form of a women’s 110 pound scrap.
The bout between the highly touted, undefeated Ashley Cummins and Stephanie Frausto will mark the first women’s MMA fight in West Virginia history, and it has all the makings of a show-stealing, barn-burner of a fight.
“Cummins and Frausto will be fired up and looking to put on a great show to represent the women martial artists,” Simon said. “This bout may very well steal the show.”
Adding to the already deep fight card is Bellator Fighting veteran Joey “The Hitman” Holt. Holt is coming off his recent destruction of Clint Musser at Bellator 51, and he will be looking for a similar highlight reel knock-out finish Saturday.
“Caged Fury 16” is sure to be a high-intensity, entertaining event for fight fans across the Mountain State. With fighters like McCorkle, Holt, Brant and the inaugural W. Va. women’s matchup on the card, this event promises not to disappoint.
“We’re about sold out, and I’m expecting it to sell out by fight time,” said Simons. “People are into it and that’s a good sign that we’ll be able to continue doing this.”
Tickets can be purchased at Kegler’s sports bar or online at www.simonspromotions.com.
The event will be on DirecTV and Dish Network’s Sports Time Ohio, and the official weigh-ins will be held at Kegler’s sports bar Friday, January 27 at 7 pm.